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MY ENGINE LIGHT IS BLINKING, THE CAR IS STALLING AND SMELLS HOT.

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  • johnmweston Dec 18, 2008

    My '98 626 just started doing this today. The same exact symptoms... Engine light is blinking, severe hesitation and running very rough, and smells hot. It had been hesitating slightly when starting from a stop, but then ran normally until this morning.

  • Patrick09 Jan 07, 2009

    I'm having the same problem with my 05 tribute. It happened overnight, a cold night. It was running fine the night before and ten ten next day it had a rough idol, the engine light is blinking, and I have lost most of the power of the engine. HELP!

  • happyoprince Jan 14, 2009

    My engine light is blinking since last night. Very cold night. I don't see any other problem.

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    Same problem, very cold weather, light started flashing and is almost stalling/running rough

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    I'm having the same problem here. My check engine light has been lighten on since 1 year but the car was running fine. Last night, it was very cold, when i started my car the check engine light was flashing and it is still flashing everytime i take the car now. Seems like i'm loosing lots of power ...

    Anybody figured what it was ? I might have to go see the car dealer !


  • cinlou Mar 16, 2009

    I have the same problem!! My check engine light has been on for years. Been in and out of the dealership and have had fuel injectors cleaned, then replaced, the catalytic converter replaced, the EGR valve replaced, O2 sensor..... just learned to live with it. NOW, it is running very rough and instead of the light on steady, it is now FLASHING!!! Where do I start?????

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Test the temperature sending unit.  most mazdas built after 1998 have 2 of them.one sending unit is for the the guage in the dash, the other sending unit goes to the vehicle computer, which in turn controls the idle and fuel to air ratio for the vehicle. if it is getting a bad signal or none t all it thinks the car is still very cold and causes it to run ruff and the light stays on  till reset

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